Kale is definitely the ingredient of the moment isn’t it? I’ve posted a recipe for kale chips earlier, but in truth, I don’t love the stuff. Sautéed in butter and garlic is also OK, but I find once I buy a bunch, I’m not totally inspired to use the whole thing. That is until a super smoothie fad swept my family. Now I can’t live without it! I believe it was NYCase who started it – now my parents have one daily and I jumped one the bandwagon about a month ago.
This is a healthy smoothie, I’ll admit, I was pretty sceptical about its taste to begin with. But you can adjust the recipe slightly to your own taste if you find it too sweet or not sweet enough. It boosts your energy so much you may even be able to skip your morning coffee *gasp*.
I’ll give you a rough 2 person recipe. It could also just be for 1 or 3 small glasses full.
- 1 cup apple juice (I love cloudy organic apple juice)
- 1/2 banana
- handful of bluberries (fresh or frozen)
- handful of raspberries (fresh or frozen)
- 2 kale leaves (I remove the stem)
- handful of baby spinach or silverbeet
- 1 beet leaf
- 1/4 c red cabbage
- 3 sprigs of parsley
- 3 inch chunk of cucumber
- 3 mint leaves
- a squeeze of lemon juice
- 1 of any other squishy fruit you might like to add – optional
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend well for a good 3 – 5 minutes.
My version is pretty fruity so you can’t taste the leafy greens, but if you want to boost your vitamins and you don’t mind a ‘greener’ taste, you can add a stick of celery and more red cabbage. It’s important to use the blender and not a juicer so that you get all the totally awesome fibrous goodness from all the fruits and veggies. If you want it sweeter – add the whole banana and a little more juice.